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Place Your Hope in Things Unseen

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Place Your Hope in Things UnseenThe idea for this post started as a grievance against this longcold winter season.  However, upon reflection, I don’t want to dwell on my discomfort, but on the hope we all have of things to come.

Whether it’s the weather or something much bigger, there is never a point in which there is no hope for something new or something different; something better.

Everyone knows that there are seasons in each year.  It is expected that the weather will change and that no matter the temperature outside there will be some who bask in it and others who expectantly count the days until the seasons change once again.

It would be absurd to expect anything else.  After all, we’ve all been here all this time and we’ve seen it all before over and over again.  We can’t see Spring at the moment, but every one of us is in agreement that it is coming….eventually(sigh) Continue Reading

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Just Trixie…..On Overcoming Fear

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“. . . This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” ~ 2 Chronicles 20:15 (NLT)

I’ve already learned something new on this journey, it’s that fear doesn’t always look like fear.  It can look like anxiety, depression, envy, insecurity, agitation, attention problems, and the list goes on.  If it’s not a positive and encouraging thought or feeling, odds are it can be traced all the way back to fear. 

This post was painfully birthed from last Friday’s post.  Ironically, I was afraid to share it with you.  This particular fear’s name is insecurity.  It whispers, “What if you’re wrong?”  I have to boldly say back, “I’m NOT wrong, but if I am, so what?”  I have to pray through it, and ask the Holy Spirit to guard my heart and mind.  Thankfully, He is faithful and longs to bless me with His peace.

Just Trixie - Overcoming FearFear is a test of your determination; creating obstacles, both seen and unseen, in your path.  Push through.  IT’S WORTH IT!

I’ve spent quite a few years struggling with anxiety and depression.  I would get so frustrated with medical professionals when they would tell me I had anxiety.  I couldn’t see that I was fearful.  If you were to ask me, I’d have told you that I wasn’t afraid of anything.  People do not scare me, I’m not afraid to die, I’m not overly concerned about being abducted (although I know that the possibility is real), but I didn’t want to go out of my house.  I did go out, but I did not want to.  I’ve been known to mail a deposit to my bank, which was located less than a mile from my house – no kidding!  The doctor said it was anxiety where I called it agitation.  Which, in turn, agitated me, that he would think I was afraid.  How insulting!! Continue Reading

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Just Trixie …. on Blogging OUSTIDE the Box

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I’m gonna be real with you, friends.  Right here, right now……….

I am terrified to post anything on this blog!

There, I said it! 

BloggingOutsidetheBoxI thought it would be this huge weight lifted off my shoulders, but I guess not.  Haha.  That being said, I’m just going to write what I feel like pouring out and hope that it helps someone, somewhere along the way.

I’ve been reading and studying and reading some more about how to be a successful blogger, and you know what?  None of that has helped.  The sum total of everything that all that research did for me was to make me feel more insecure and inferior to all the other million bloggers out there. 

Apparently, I’m supposed to have a niche that my blog will fit nicely into, with no ragged edges.  That’s not going to happen. 

They say that I need to find my passion and write about that.  Well, my passion is about life and learning to live it joyfully – even in the hard parts – so I don’t think that will fit into any tidy little box either. 

They say I should “find my awesome” and write about that; while at the same time, telling me that my awesome has to fit into a pre-defined parameter.  How could that possibly be awesome?  By very definition, awesome is to be uniquely incredible, marvelous, outstanding, etc.  That doesn’t sound like something that would fit into a tidy little box to me.  Continue Reading